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Empress K’s Chat with Iba Mahr

This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting with upcoming Reggae artist, Iba Mahr after his performance at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, an annual event that takes place every August. Iba Mahr had just recently wrapped up the Young Lions Tour, a month long tour with Kabaka Pyramid over the summer and was making…
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November 5, 2015
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Inner Circle ~ The Bad Boys of Reggae

By Maliika Walker Kingston, Jamaica is the cornerstone of reggae music. Some of the greatest reggae artists in history were raised or spent a considerable amount of time in Kingston. The legendary group, Inner Circle is no exception as they also hail from where many say reggae was born. Inner Circle formed in 1968 and…
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August 30, 2015
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Inner Circle ~ The Bad Boys of Reggae

Interview by Maliika Walker Kingston, Jamaica is the cornerstone of reggae music. Some of the greatest reggae artists in history were raised or spent a considerable amount of time in Kingston. The legendary group, Inner Circle is no exception as they also hail from where many say reggae was born. Inner Circle formed in 1968…
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August 28, 2015
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Third World ~ The Reggae Ambassadors

Interview By Maliika Walker It’s 1:30 AM and I just arrived home from another masterful performance by Third World. I was proud that I just witnessed the true power of reggae music, the representation of One Love. While walking thru the audience I noticed different cultures, languages, and ages. That night our differences didn’t matter…
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August 28, 2015
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The Wailers- Family Man ~ The Bass

by Maliika Walker Photos by Sista Irie Photography Can you imagine hearing roots reggae music without the bass? The bass is the cornerstone of reggae music. When one thinks of bass and reggae, Aston “Family Man” Barrett comes to mind. Family Man has recorded with some of the greatest reggae artists in history including The…
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August 28, 2015
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The Royal Family of Reggae- Morgan Heritage

Having fully recharged their momentous journey in the past year and a half, and having unquestionably established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission. “The Royal Family of Reggae”, has taken the impressively significant step forward by releasing their newest album,…
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August 28, 2015
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Ziggy Marley- Life on Mars?

By Shelah Moody Photos by Lee Abel “I don’t want to escape to the moon/Even if the world went boom/I just want to be with you/and do the right things to you,”— Ziggy Marley “I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars” Don’t let lead track on Ziggy Marley’s fifth solo album “Fly Rasta” fool you. “I…
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December 8, 2014
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Maxi Priest: Easy to Love in all Genres of Music

By Shelah Moody Photos By Lee Abel It’s about 3 p.m. in New York City, and Maxi Priest feels like he’s on top of the world. The Grammy nominated British reggae/soul singer has dropped into 21st Century Artists headquarters for a series of interviews in promotion of his tenth studio album, “Easy to Love” (VP…
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July 21, 2014
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Jo Mersa Marley – Getting ‘Comfortable’

By: Maliika Walker When a new recording artist is launched to the public, audiences usually do not know what to expect from them.  That artist has to work hard to show the audience that they should pay them some attention.  Somehow they have to find a way to get their voice to stand out to…
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July 15, 2014
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Tarrus Riley ~ A Love Situation

Interview and photos by: Maliika Walker "We got a love situation, you say you love me, but do you really love me? Or how I make you feel?" It is June 5, 2014 and Tarrus was set to hit the stage at BB Kings in NYC at any minute. A young lady standing next to…
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June 26, 2014
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Get to Know – Legendary Reggae Drummer Squidly Cole!

Maliika Walker Squidly Cole has been a drummer within reggae music for over thirty years.  Yes let that sink in for a minute, thirty years.  At the age of thirteen you were probably playing with your friends in the playground but Squidly Cole was in the studio recording Barrington Levy’s, Black Black Roses for Channel…
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April 20, 2014
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Bob Marley: Making of a Legend

“I will never be a politician nor will I ever think political. Just deal with life and nature.” Bob Marley Review & Interview by: Maliika Walker- Island Stage Freelance Writer I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the Brooklyn screening of the documentary, Bob Marley:Making of a Legend. I began hearing about the…
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August 12, 2013
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Getting to Know Daniel Bambaata Marley

Maliika Walker- Island Stage Daniel Bambaata Marley, grandson of Bob Marley and first son of Ziggy Marley, is scheduled to perform with his live band at two reggae festivals on the West Coast (U.S.) this summer including, Utah Reggae Festival in Salt Lake City on July 13; Reggae On The Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre…
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June 21, 2013
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Rasta: A Soul’s Journey

Maliika Walker- Island Stage I recently had the opportunity to check out the documentary, 'Rasta: A Soul’s Journey', an amazing account of one young woman’s search for the presence of Rastafari around the globe. Donisha Prendergast is the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley. A representation of the third generation of the Marley family, ready to…
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June 17, 2013
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The Rastafari Interview – Julian Marley

Maliika Walker-Island Stage Julian Marley- "One is born to praise the almighty." After a chance encounter with a fan at a roots reggae concert, Maliika Walker was left wondering if the audience was listening to the lyrics in roots reggae music. The fan commented she loved reggae music but did not understand why some artists…
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March 12, 2013
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Getting to Know Sunn m’Cheaux

Susan Underwood-Island Stage Island Stage has been following this artist for the past 5 years or so, and we were delighted to catch up with him for a conversation! If you have not yet met Sunn, read the interview, watch the music videos, and then go and get the Music!! You will be happy you…
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March 5, 2013
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Mamadee

by Maliika Walker -Island Stage Mamadee was born in the far east of Germany, behind the Berlin Wall. In 2002 she began singing background vocals (along with Tamika) for international sensation, Gentleman. Mamadee is highly regarded in Germany as one of the countries emerging solo artists. Her debut single, <strong>Who I Am</strong> was the top…
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October 16, 2012